Now for something completely different.
Never before have I felt the need to post about an album I have come across.
I would say that I’m one of the least knowledgeable people I know when it comes to music.
I think it is partly because I have a truly awful memory for names, both of people I have met for business or pleasure, actors, dead or alive, authors, alive or dead, and for titles of songs, artists or albums.
This means I am particularly useless at pub quizzes and cannot bring anything to a conversation about music.
I know what I like; just please don’t quiz me on it.
Last week I purchased Sting’s latest album, ‘The Last Ship’. Now I like Sting; please don’t ask me to name any of his songs or repeat any lyrics. I have never owned an album of his. I just know that when watching those music documentaries on Sky that you watch when there is nothing else on, his music, (or that of The Police, I can tell you are impressed by my knowledge here) always takes me back to growing up in the 70’s and 80’s.
This album is the music he has written for a musical soon to be on Broadway in the States.
Due to the music having been written for a musical, every song tells a story. Movingly beautiful but troubled stories based around ship building in the 1960’s in the North East of England. I’m not really selling this to you, am I?
This is not ‘background music’. This is not music to be talked over or even shared. This is music to listen to in the car or on the train, on your own. At a time when you can listen to all the words. I was quite taken back with the emotion generated by some of these.
These are songs about welders who get trapped within the construction of a great ship, a priest, a marriage without love, a fighter who learns who to dance to win a women’s love. These are quite dark folksy ballards, but sometimes with a bit of sea shanty about them.
For a further opinion I asked my partner to have a listen. He listened to about 10 minutes and decreed it ‘depressing drivel’.
Well I’m not marrying him for our mutual taste in music.
So if you get the chance, buy or borrow. Have a listen. Tell me if you agree.
Love, Lucie xx